Dads Matter

Sign up for the Daddy & Me 5K and join us in celebrating and supporting fathers.

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Chief Kevin Cornett of the Town of Springdale Police Department knows first-hand the impact fathers can make.

Now the father of four boys himself, he grew up in a broken home. “I spent most of my teenage years without a father figure to guide me,” shared Chief Cornett. “I taught myself to shave and properly tie a tie. I learned to be a gentleman from television and from the random people that touched my life in some way.”

Police Officer DancingThat is why he is passionate about supporting the important role of fathers. He created the idea for the Daddy & Me 5K years ago. “I wanted a way to celebrate dads and also raise money to support the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. That is where I got the idea for the 5K.”

When Chief shared his vision for the Daddy & Me 5K, we knew we had to help.

Join us June 15, 2019 for the Second Annual Daddy & Me 5K.

The run will celebrate the important role of fathers in families. It will kick-off with opening ceremonies led by Fraendy Clervaud of WACH Fox. Father-child duos are encouraged. Following the run, there will be a Daddy Olympics that includes fun – and funny! – games for dads (think: racing around with a stroller and changing diapers). Awards will be presented, including a Gold Medal for the Daddy Olympics. DJ Rick Smooth, a graduate of the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, will be DJ’ing throughout the event.

The message is simple: Dad’s Matter. Whether a community member or a police officer, we all play an important role in supporting fathers. You can be a part of this mission by registering for the Daddy and Me 5K.

Registration is available on under “Serve & Connect’s Daddy and Me 5K.” The run begins at 8am on Saturday June 15th and will start at 2915 Platt Springs Rd, Springdale, SC 29170. Registration is $25 including a t-shirt. You can also sign up for $10 if you do not wish to obtain a bib and be timed.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available through May 31st. Contact to inquire more.

“There are so many societal pitfalls, from teen pregnancy, to violence, juvenile detention, and many more. A common thread across issues is the absence of a father. We are in the business of putting ourselves out of business. We take a holistic approach. We don’t put a band aid on it. Having an engaged father absolutely changes the outcomes. We have the ability to change generations.”

Angela McDuffie, Executive Director of the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

Proceeds of the event benefit the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on engaging fathers in the positive support of their children. The organization provides free services that include education, job readiness, men’s health education, legal education, parenting, spiritual development, referrals, job assistance, drug/alcohol education, and peer support. In 2017, the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition served 1311 fathers across the Midlands and saved taxpayers $2.84 million in incarceration costs through their Jobs Not Jail Program.